Sheffield United: Blades cut out of Naughton cash

Kyle Naighton features for Tottenham Hotspur against their arch-rivals Arsenal
Kyle Naighton features for Tottenham Hotspur against their arch-rivals Arsenal

Sheffield United are unlikely to receive a slice of the £5m transfer fee Kyle Naughton will command when he completes his move from Tottenham Hotspur to Swansea City, writes James Shield.

Although officials at Bramall Lane inserted a sell-on clause into the deal which saw the defender and his team mate Kyle Walker join the Premier League club six years ago, The Star understands it will only be triggered if Spurs negotiate a percentage return on their initial investment.

According to one source last night, the terms of the proposed agreement negotiated between the Londoners and their counterparts in south Wales means that United’s claim has effectively been rendered null and void.

Naughton, who missed Wednesday’s Capital One Cup semi-final first leg against his former employers, is expected to put pen to paper on a three-and-a-half year contract before tomorrow’s FA Cup tie at Blackburn Rovers.

He passed a medical at the Liberty Stadium earlier this week and will replace Crystal Palace bound Neil Taylor in Gary Monk’s first team squad.

United are pressing ahead with their efforts to strengthen the options at manager Nigel Clough’s disposal with John Brayford and Chris O’Grady among the possibilities being discussed ahead of tomorrow’s FA Cup clash with Preston North End. Derby County’s Paul Coutts is another player known to feature on Clough’s wanted list.

United must overturn a 1-0 deficit when they host Spurs in the second leg next week.

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